E-books are a pretty cool thing. I’ve read a few and have used them for assignments, but as I said above, I’m a book lover. Some say it’s a romantic notion to talk about the way books feel or smell or the joy of finding the right one.
My tendency is to scan shelves looking for interesting spines to make a selection. I’ve admitted before that I do tend to judge books by the cover too, but I don’t see how the act of searching a shelf or display really translates to the digital world. Yes you can scan through book covers like album covers on an iGizmo, but there really is much more to it than that. There’s something about finding the right book and having in your hand. I love passing some of my favorite books to friends and family after I’ve enjoyed them, but digitally that’s not allowed.
Anyway, one problem I’ve found with scanning covers like albums is that you get no real sense of the book. I’ve added books my TBR pile based on descriptions and covers only to find that they didn’t really interest me. If I were to purchase a ebook based on those factors, about half the time (maybe even more), I'd be disappointed and couldn’t even pass it along to someone else you might enjoy it.
Need an example of how cover browsing doesn’t work? Borders claims to have over a million ebook titles to browse, but, let’s face it, the narrowing features kind of suck. Ebooks >> teens >> fiction = Ruby Lu, Brave and True, a funny and charming chapter book about an eight year old magician. Uhhh....what? Also I don’t want to look through pages and pages and pages and pages of titles. Books on a shelf have a limit and, for the most part, are shelved in the correct area. So what about all those books that don’t appear on shelves? Hopefully they have really good marketing campaigns so I learn about them. Also through the blogs I follow, I learn about a lot of interesting new books.
|Of course, he's in his jammies!|
So I might end up with a digital book reader someday, but for now I’ll stick with books just the way they are.